How can I access BMJ Best Practice?


The University does not subscribe to BMJ Best Practice but access is possible for undergraduate health students, via the NHS.   You will need an NHS Athens account.   The Library sets these up for students of medicine, midwifery, nursing and physiotherapy, at the start of your course.   Please email for a reminder of your account details.

ODP students should obtain an NHS Athens account from their placement hospital library.

To access BMJ Best Practice - there are three methods!

Method 1: Go to  Login with your NHS Athens.   



Method 2: Go to the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, click "NHS Knowledge and Library Hub" in the main body of the page.   Then, click "Sign in with NHS OpenAthens..." next to Welcome, Guest, at the top of the page.  Then login with your NHS Athens using the login boxes on the left.   If you do not see the login boxes but are denied access, clear browser cache and cookies, and go to the start of this method and try again. 

Then click BMJ Best Practice at the bottom of the page (under "clinical decision making") - if asked for an institution, it is "NHS in England". 

Here is a video of Method 2


Method 3
:  Go to  then scroll down to "Follow these 3 quick steps" and follow the 3 steps.

Personal accounts

Register for a personal account in BMJ Best Practice and you will be able to track CME/CPD activity and login to the app.   Download the app from

You do not need a personal account to access the BMJ Best Practice website off campus.

Login problems?

If you cannot get access to the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, try clearing browser cache and cookies, refresh the page and try again.

If you see a BMJ Best Practice login page saying “Sorry, but your institution is not authorised to access this application”, clear cookies and cache in your browser, refresh the page, or close and reopen the browser, and try the above link again.

If you are still having problems, please contact the Library via


  • Last Updated Sep 01, 2022
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